I’m not sure what the “or else” will be, but I am guessing they aren’t very happy about how we have been neglecting our lawn and we might get a fine “or something.”
We haven’t really been neglecting it, but I can understand how people might think we just don’t care about how our lawn looks. Maybe they are even taking it personally and thinking we don’t care about the neighborhood.
I get it, long grass is definitely an eye sore when it comes to neighborhoods, but I can guarantee you our family cares about the house that we live in, and the lawn that we have to take care of.
But they don’t know this, and I know it’s difficult to take the time to figure out why someone isn’t cutting their grass. But what bothers me is that they don’t take the time to figure out why someone isn’t cutting their grass!!
I remember one time having a neighbor come over and basically yell at me for not cutting the grass. This happened many years ago, so I guess that tells you this has been an ongoing problem for us.
In that particular situation I can tell you exactly why our grass wasn’t getting cut, our lawn mower was broken and we couldn’t afford to get it fixed or purchase a new one.
Not only that but we had small children and my husband was working a lot in order to make ends meet. It was a very rough time in our life, but this neighbor had no idea because they simply didn’t take the time to ask.
Today my lawn isn’t getting cut because we are trying to work around my husband’s work schedule and the rain. It’s not anything desperate like it was many years ago, but I will say it’s overwhelming.
I don’t mind the notice we received this week because we were already aware that the grass needed to be cut and intended on doing so when it would STOP raining.
For us, cutting the grass is nothing but a timing issue.
But for some people it’s because they can’t afford to fix their lawn mower.
Or maybe they have cancer.
Or maybe they are depressed over losing a loved one that just recently died.
Or maybe the house is owned by a single mom who is busy working making ends meet and is basically doing things on her own.
Sometimes life is about survival and cutting the grass is truly the last thing on your mind.
But that’s the thing: we don’t stop to ask questions as to why someone isn’t doing something.
Life is life, and not everyone has the privilege to mow their lawn every week, or to even afford a lawn mower.
Maybe they would like to eat organic food but they just can’t afford organic everything.
Maybe they don’t have a spotless house because they are suffering with a chronic illness.
Maybe they don’t have a fancy car, nice shoes, or name brand clothes because they don’t need those things, or maybe they can’t afford those things.
I could go on and on.
My point is we can’t be a good neighbor in a world we assume has the very same privileges we do.
Being a good neighbor isn’t about making sure that everyone’s lawn is perfect like yours is, and demanding they follow suit because it just makes everything “look nice.”
But being a good neighbor requires so much more.
It’s realizing that life isn’t about our image, because not everyone will have the picture perfect life or the life we portray a good Christian “should” have. Not everyone can walk, talk, hear, see, or have beautiful hair.
Life isn’t about changing the behavior of someone else, it’s about letting Holy Spirit change our hearts.
Life as a follower of Jesus is about leading by example, taking the plank out of our own eye, letting the Fruit of the Spirit manifest itself in our lives, and fixing our eyes on Jesus.
In James 2:13 it says that mercy triumphs over judgement.
I think my neighbors have every right to be upset about my lawn, and I can understand their frustration.
But I think if there is mercy in our hearts, then judgement will not cross our mind or our mouth – even when someone’s lawn is a little overgrown.
Being a good neighbor is about mercy and grace. That’s how Jesus was a something different in a time of corruption, sin, and religious pride. We need Jesus, especially now, and we need to follow Him.
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